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Primeur weekly 2019-08-12

Focus

The quest for European HPC research and innovation funding ...

Quantum computing

Unique electrical properties in quantum materials can be controlled using light ...

Light for the nanoworld ...

Middleware

Ohio Supercomputer Center to host seventh meeting of the MVAPICH Users Group ...

Hardware

Cray reports second quarter 2019 financial results ...

Mellanox Ethernet and InfiniBand solutions deliver breakthrough performance for AMD EPYC 7002 processor-based data centres ...

Phison at the forefront of PCIe Gen4 storage market with a portfolio of products ...

Researchers embrace imperfection to improve biomolecule transport ...

2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors set new standard for the modern data centre with record-breaking performance and significant TCO savings ...

HPE ProLiant shatters 37 world records ...

Cray awarded contracts with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and the Army Engineering and Research Development Center ...

Cray Shasta supercomputer to power weather forecasting for the U.S. Air Force ...

GRC partners with Prasa to bring liquid immersion cooling to data centres in India ...

Excelero debuts Excelero NVEdge, software for creating NVMe All Flash Arrays (NAFA) from high-availability (HA) servers ...

Excelero honoured with Flash Memory Summit 2019 Best of Show Award for third year in a row ...

Simulation technique can predict microstructures of alloy materials used in jet engines - before they are made ...

Supermicro now offering AMD EPYC 7002 series processor-based systems to customers who want to transform their data centres ...

Boston now offers AMD EPYC 7002 series processor-based systems to customers ...

Lenovo and Intel announce multiyear global collaboration to extend HPC and AI leadership ...

Xilinx expands Alveo portfolio with industry's first adaptable compute, network and storage accelerator card built for any server and any Cloud ...

Penguin Computing expands Altus product family with AMD EPYC 7002 series processor-based systems, reaching new levels of data centre performance ...

Applications

Stanford researcher develops data standards for brain imaging and applies rigorous computational methods to work ...

HPE advances its intelligent data platform with acquisition of MapR business assets ...

Turbulence meets a shock ...

The Cloud

UC San Diego, UC Berkeley, and University of Washington announce 'CloudBank' Award ...

UC San Diego, UC Berkeley, and University of Washington announce 'CloudBank' Award


8 Aug 2019 San Diego - UC San Diego, UC Berkeley, and the University of Washington have been awarded a five-year, $5 million grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop CloudBank, a suite of managed services to simplify public Cloud access for computer science research and education.

Driven by the ongoing emergence and potential of the public Cloud and the associated complexity in using it, CloudBank will serve both novice and advanced users, providing a comprehensive set of user-facing and business operations functions and services to the broad computer science research and education community.

Project participants include UC San Diego's Information Technology Services Division and the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), the University of Washington's eScience Institute, and UC Berkeley's Division of Data Science and Information. Initially, CloudBank will provide access to Amazon AWS, Google GCP, and Microsoft Azure. Others may become available over time.

CloudBank offers a long-term vision for service and sustainability that will broaden the impact of public Cloud computing across all sciences and help ensure that students entering the workforce and research enterprise will be able to contribute and compete in the global economy.

"Public Cloud has become an essential resource for computer science research and education, but with the rapid growth in the diversity of resource offerings, users increasingly encounter pain points to adoption that limit the potential of these resources in their work", stated SDSC Director Michael Norman, Principal Investigator for the project. "CloudBank will address these pain points by providing 'on-ramp' support that helps researchers overcome challenges such as managing cost, translating and upgrading research computing environments to an appropriate Cloud platform, and learning Cloud-based technologies that accelerate and expand research."

These services, which will support multiple cloud vendors, will be accessed via an intuitive, easy-to-use user portal that gives users a single point of entry. "This wide-ranging collaboration between UC San Diego, UC Berkeley, and the University of Washington brings together a team with the expertise to significantly broaden access to and education about Cloud computing across just about every area of computer science research", added Michael Norman.

"The CloudBank pilot will significantly advance the use of Cloud computing resources in computer and information science and engineering research and education", stated Jim Kurose, National Science Foundation assistant director for Computer and Information Science and Engineering. "The close collaboration between the CloudBank project, public Cloud computing providers, researchers and students will enable research and education, while also providing a unique opportunity to develop and study a new model of public/private partnership in the service of the scientific enterprise."

"CloudBank will provide innovative financial options that will give researchers more flexible Cloud terms tailored for their needs and contribute to the sustainability of CloudBank operations", added Vince Kellen, UC San Diego Chief Information Officer and a co-PI for the project.

Ed Lazowska, who is also a CloudBank co-PI and holds the Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, further explained that "we're delighted to once again partner with UCSD and UC Berkeley on a project of broad importance to the computer science and data science communities. The public Cloud represents the future."

"We are excited to be a partner in this initiative that democratizes Cloud technology for research and education", stated David Culler, CloudBank co-PI and Friesen Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at Berkeley. "It will enable a robust and scalable infrastructure across a diverse range of institutions and settings."

The CloudBank award, funded under NSF grant 1925001, runs from August 1, 2019 through July 2024 (estimated). The award abstract can be found at the NSF website. For up-to-date information, you can visit the CloudBank website.
Source: San Diego Supercomputer Center - SDSC

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2019-08-12

Focus

The quest for European HPC research and innovation funding ...

Quantum computing

Unique electrical properties in quantum materials can be controlled using light ...

Light for the nanoworld ...

Middleware

Ohio Supercomputer Center to host seventh meeting of the MVAPICH Users Group ...

Hardware

Cray reports second quarter 2019 financial results ...

Mellanox Ethernet and InfiniBand solutions deliver breakthrough performance for AMD EPYC 7002 processor-based data centres ...

Phison at the forefront of PCIe Gen4 storage market with a portfolio of products ...

Researchers embrace imperfection to improve biomolecule transport ...

2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors set new standard for the modern data centre with record-breaking performance and significant TCO savings ...

HPE ProLiant shatters 37 world records ...

Cray awarded contracts with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and the Army Engineering and Research Development Center ...

Cray Shasta supercomputer to power weather forecasting for the U.S. Air Force ...

GRC partners with Prasa to bring liquid immersion cooling to data centres in India ...

Excelero debuts Excelero NVEdge, software for creating NVMe All Flash Arrays (NAFA) from high-availability (HA) servers ...

Excelero honoured with Flash Memory Summit 2019 Best of Show Award for third year in a row ...

Simulation technique can predict microstructures of alloy materials used in jet engines - before they are made ...

Supermicro now offering AMD EPYC 7002 series processor-based systems to customers who want to transform their data centres ...

Boston now offers AMD EPYC 7002 series processor-based systems to customers ...

Lenovo and Intel announce multiyear global collaboration to extend HPC and AI leadership ...

Xilinx expands Alveo portfolio with industry's first adaptable compute, network and storage accelerator card built for any server and any Cloud ...

Penguin Computing expands Altus product family with AMD EPYC 7002 series processor-based systems, reaching new levels of data centre performance ...

Applications

Stanford researcher develops data standards for brain imaging and applies rigorous computational methods to work ...

HPE advances its intelligent data platform with acquisition of MapR business assets ...

Turbulence meets a shock ...

The Cloud

UC San Diego, UC Berkeley, and University of Washington announce 'CloudBank' Award ...